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Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow
Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow

Kevyn Aucoin Neolita Pure Powder Glow ($37.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “berry.” It’s a medium-dark, reddened berry with a satiny finish. Bobbi Brown Berry is cooler-toned and darker. MAC Hot Nights is purpler. NARS Dolce Vita is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled with a silky feel that applies smoothly, evenly, and remains easy to blend–even with a shade as richly pigmented as Neolita. It’s not a shade for the faint-hearted, as it is bold, bright, and has excellent color payoff. The finish has a subtle shimmer that translates to a luminous sheen as it gets blended and worked into the skin. It didn’t emphasize pores, and it really did give off a “pure powder glow.” Neolita wore well for almost nine hours and started to fade just after that.

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Neolita
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Buxom Nudist & Hooligan Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a pale, warm-toned beige with a soft beige shimmer. It had semi-opaque color but was noticeably translucent, and it was a tad streaky–you could see little lines here and there. This was actually my least favorite of the entire range, because it just didn’t have the same luminous, rich look of the rest of the range. It lasted well for four hours, which is about average, and was marginally hydrating. MAC Pret-a-pretty is paler. Tom Ford Blush Nude is somewhat darker. MAC Innocence, Beware is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Hooligan Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mauve plum.” It’s a reddish, warm-toned plum with a glossy shine. It had opaque color payoff that looked lush and rich. The consistency is creamy with a slightly thicker feel than some lipsticks, but that texture helps to give it a very juicy finish. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was hydrating while worn (as well as some hydration lingered afterward). Urban Decay Strip is browner, less plum. Revlon Pink Truffle is less glossy, not opaque. Chanel Etole is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Make Up For Ever #218 Medium Blender & #242 Large Blender Brushes Reviews & Photos

Make Up For Ever #242 Large Blender Brush Brush
Make Up For Ever #218 Medium Blender Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #218 Medium Blender Brush ($25.00) is described as a “medium, rounded brush.” It’s a rounded, stubby brush with a softly rounded edge; it reminded me of a larger pencil brush. The brush head is 11mm in length, 6mm in width, and 6mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of just over 6.5 inches or 16.5 centimeters.

It works well for depositing both cream and powder products into the crease, and it can lightly blend and diffuse the color without blending it too far outside of wherever you applied it, so it was able to blend with more precision than a fluffier crease brush. It felt soft, had just a little give but was quite densely packed with fibers. Inglot 18SS ($21) is a bit larger and squatter. Make Up For Ever #14S is smaller overall, slightly more tapered/rounded along the edge.

Make Up For Ever #242 Large Blender Brush ($30.00) is a “long, rounded blending brush for light eyeshadow application.” It’s a moderately long, rounded brush that flares out at the edge and is fluffy, soft, and flexible and has synthetic fibers. The brush head is 20mm in length, 9mm in width (at its widest point), and 9mm in thickness (at its thickest point). It works best for dusting color all-over a large area or for blending and diffusing color. The fibers are very soft against the skin, but I suspect that this brush may flare out too much at the end for those with small to medium-sized eye areas. I did like using it to apply a brow bone highlighter or a transition shade to blend out the crease to the brow bone highlighter.

Sephora Pro Crease Brush (10) ($20) is similar–slightly fluffier and not as wide. NARS Large Dome Eye Brush ($33) is also also similar but not as flared out. MAC 224 ($32) is similar. Though I was hoping it was going to be similar to the now-discontinued Make Up For Ever #17S, it is quite flared, whereas the #17S tapers.

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Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer & Starry Night True Colour Creme Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer True Colour Creme Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer True Colour Creme Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Creme Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “long-wearing,” “waterproof,” and crease-resistant. I will respectfully disagree with all three things and not just slightly but fully. Both shades were extremely emollient, and they never set or dried down; they remained movable, slippery, and as a result, slid around and settled into creases with great delight within a half hour. This occurred whether applied at more opaque color or as a barely-there, sheer wash of color. So, long-wearing and crease-resistant–not at all. They’re more water-resistant than waterproof (which is actually a separate claim that gets made: -resistant vs. -proof), as they won’t immediately start running or bleeding when in contact with water, but they do migrate somewhat and will move if you rub. The latter probably has more to do with the fact that they don’t set/dry down.

I did try using the Champagne Shimmer shade on my cheeks and brow bone as a highlight, but the look is very, very dewy–or in my eyes, greasy–and separated my foundation within an hour. I also tried applying these over a primer and then patting on powder eyeshadow on top, which was the most successful way to use them, but I had significant creasing after four and a half hours.

Champagne Shimmer is a light-medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones, and a champagne and copper shimmer. It had good color payoff and could be applied as a light wash of color or more intensely for opaque color. A little goes a long way, so apply just a smidgen for a wash of color. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa is a bit darker, not as red-toned. Clinique Ample Amber is less red-toned. Tom Ford Platinum is slightly darker. Illamasqua Focus is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is a medium-dark black with silver sparkle. It can be applied with mostly opaque color or a semi-sheer wash of color. MAC Blacklit is similar. Chanel Mirifique is darker and more sparkly. Buxom Black Lab is similar. See comparison swatches.

Also, this is also a “review” so-to-speak of the September 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box, as both of these shades were what I received in this past month’s box. The box, then, had a total value of $56 (and the subscription works out to be $29/month). The box also included a postcard that provided information about the included products. Subscribers did receive the products ahead of them officially being released on Saks by a week or two. After two months, we’re at a total value of $310.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
1
Longevity
2
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8.5
Pigmentation
9
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1
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2
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Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in neutral shades that range from light to dark, frost to matte.  The brand touts their newer eyeshadow formula has richly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof.  All four shades had good or better pigmentation, with the two matte shades falling a little short of full pigmentation–they did perform better with a soft, fluffy makeup brush when applied to the lid than merely swatched on the arm.  All four shades wore well, though, and lasted almost nine hours without any fading or creasing (no primer).  The texture of the last matte shade was a bit dry so it wasn’t as easy to blend as the other shades.

Terra Sienna #1 is a lightly silvered champagne beige with a frosted finish. The texture felt like butter and silk; incredibly dense and smooth with excellent color payoff. This shade worked well for brightening the eye as well as a highlighter (but I liked to mix it with a matte beige to tone down the finish). MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary is a bit darker. MAC Snow Season is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is also slightly pinker. Urban Decay Verve is darker. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #2 is a light-medium brown with a very subtle gray tinge to it. The finish is fairly frosted and shimmery, and there is a slight warmth to the undertone but it is almost neutral. It had great pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth when applied to the skin. LORAC Pewter is darker, less frosted. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker. Chanel Gri-Gri is similar but less frosted. MAC Vintage Selection is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #3 is a medium-dark, lightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it was definitely a shade that is best applied with a soft, fluffy brush, as it catches and applies the most pigment. The texture was quite soft, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. bareMinerals Get Ahead is lighter. Kat Von D Wolf is a bit darker. Inglot #360 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #4 is a dark, neutral-warm brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but the texture was slightly dry so it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the palette. Tom Ford She Wolf #1 is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Boardroom is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease & #232 Precision Crease Brushes Reviews & Photos

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush ($25.00) is described as a “firm, but flexible brush … [for] the crease of the eye.” It’s a long, narrow, and pointed crease brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head is 15mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of just under 6.75 inches or almost 17 centimeters.

I really didn’t like this brush, as it was incredibly point and didn’t do a good job of placing product in the crease or blending it out. This was also a brush that suffered from continued oiliness/greasiness in the way the bristles felt and acted, so you could squeeze or shape the brush and it would stay that way before very slowly releasing and returning to its original shape (somewhat). It’s a really weird feeling, and it’s not something I remember ever experiencing with other brushes except some of the ones in the Artisan range (I believe this is the third one with this issue). Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the brush in any way, because it makes the brush even less pliable/flexible. Again, I tried washing this two dozen times with an assortment of soaps from dishwashing liquid soap to alcohol-based brush cleansers. The only other brush I have that’s similar in shape is Hakuhodo J5529 ($16), which is a small, narrow crease brush (that actually works).

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush ($28.00) is a long, narrow crease brush with a tapered, point tip. The brush head is 25mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of 7 inches or 18 centimeters. The edge felt too tapered and pointed, because using it in the crease made it feel like using a sharp, rough edge, even though if you just brushed the bristles across your hand, they would feel soft. It can deposit color moderately well for both cream and powder products, but it doesn’t blend them out at all, and so many crease brushes are capable of both, so I’m not keen on something as uni-tasking as this shape (plus, it’s not comfortable to use).

I didn’t have any oiliness/greasiness with this particular brush, which was good, but I really didn’t like it. The most comparable brush I have is the MAC 223 (discontinued), which is a longer, narrower crease brush that’s still dome-shaped and rounded at the end, so it is a more ideal shape for crease-work. Make Up For Ever #17S (now discontinued) is not quite as long, wider, and more rounded (as well as fluffier).

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